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sport news Rafa Benitez warns Mike Ashley to keep transfer promise

Rafa Benitez has urged Newcastle owner Mike Ashley to keep his promise on transfer funds —reminding him that he could have quit the club for a mega-money deal in China.

The Spaniard agreed to stay on as boss at the end of last season after a meeting in which Ashley said he could have ‘every last penny the club generates’ to invest in his squad.

But Benitez is frustrated that progress on transfers has been slow — Norwich winger Jacob Murphy will become their third signing at £12.5million this week — and he has now put pressure on Ashley. 

Rafa Benitez has urged Newcastle owner Mike Ashley to keep his promise on transfer funds

Rafa Benitez has urged Newcastle owner Mike Ashley to keep his promise on transfer funds

Ashley said he could have ‘every last penny the club generates’ to invest in his squad

Ashley said he could have ‘every last penny the club generates’ to invest in his squad

‘When I had the meeting with Mike Ashley I was confident that we have the money available and the wages,’ said Benitez at the team’s Carton House training base here in County Kildare.

‘Everything is in place to move forward. Hopefully Mike can keep his word and we can do what we want to do.

‘In January we didn’t sign players but we had £30m ready for the future, so now we are in a situation where we are going slowly but I still have confidence that everything will be fine after my meeting with Mike.

‘He said that he would give us every last penny so hopefully he will do it and I’m confident that he will.’ 

Benitez looks on during the Newcastle United training session on Monday morning 

Benitez looks on during the Newcastle United training session on Monday morning 

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